It is always a pleasure being called upon as the photographer for Georg Jensen. Their events are usually spectacular but relaxed and this one for the the launch of the Zaha Hadid collection was no exception. Again, my team and I were given the task to capture video content and imagery with - what I think - were spectacular results.
If you have ever been to Dirk Hartog Island - you'll know what I'm about to say. It is in the middle of no where. Especially from Sydney.
We, Citizens of the World and I were commissioned by Haystac to cover the launch of the Dr Oetker's pizza, Remote Risteronti which was situated on the Island. Remote Risteronti was just that - remote. Let me just give you an idea what it took for a 4hr job. Friday morning around 7am I hopped on a plane from Sydney to Melbourne, with a quick stop then off to Perth followed by a extremely quick stop and up to Geraldton. Where the team of bandits was formed. A video crew, Tully Smyth (a hilarious influencer) and the client made up a convoy of 2 Mitsubishi Pajeros. From here we drove - 4hrs North through some of the most spectacular landscapes and canola fields you have ever seen, to arrive in Hamelin Pools to the most interesting Carvan Park in Australia but luckily which included the best Burgers in the World (self claimed). We all crashed out - full to the brim with a good Aussie Burger, yes that includes egg and beetroot at about around 10pm exhausted and possibly a little concerned that we might be missing someone by morning light. As the sun rose - so did we. Packed the car and drove another 250km. Although this was no standard walk in your park highway. It was the WORST corrugated road you have ever been down and it didn't stop. From 6am we drove - and drove only to arrive at 3pm. However, the violent vibrating of the car was was continually eroded by the most incredible views you have seen.
I arrived at 36hrs later at the most westerly point of Australia exhausted - but on the biggest high I ever been on. We worked till about 10pm again - then left the next morning at 5am to do it all again!
We've all been there. It's a Friday night - you're cashed up, have a date, but can't decide where to eat. The choice is just endless in Sydney. The Bestest Gala Dinner has solved all of your problems. It invites 30 of Australia's top chefs, including Guillaume Brahimi, Matt Moran and Peter Gilmore, to name a few, to cook for you and 30 other tables of 10. Live entertainment was also included, with special guest Anja Nissen of The Voice. Not bad for about $1000.00 a seat. But you can definitely feel good about it, all of that money (otherwise squandered at the pub) goes straight to those who need it most, kids with serious illnesses.
Getting in amongst chefs cooking up a storm is possibly my favorite kind of job when it comes to event photography. Shooting food is really hard. Shooting, socials, portraits, sponsorships and then food, while they are trying to cater 300 people is crazy - but crazy fun! Thinking quick on your feet, putting yourself in the right place at right time, controlling your lighting all before its gone is FULL on. But as you can see the finish product is all worth it.
Creating a video was also on the cards that night. No easy feat. But it was done.
Imagine if you were a hardcore Sydney Roosters fan. What would you do to get them to come to your place and have training session and to run through some drills? Well, thanks to Peugeot they made it possible.
I was commissioned by Peugeot to cover the event on both a stills and video level. To create a hype reel for Peugeot head office in France and campaign quality stills.